About us

The Field Retreat

Come grow in the field...

What is The Field?

 

The Field is a place to come and relax, find new inspiration, find yourself, learn a new skill, or just for some peace and quiet.

 

We run various workshops that last from a weekend, a few days to a week at a time.

 

Workshops are different depending on the time of year.

Yoga, Pilates, Creative writing, sketching/painting, contact improvisation, and more to come.

 

We are also open as a rentable space for anyone with inspiration for a course or workshop.

 

You will have a choice of eating with us or of making your own food. We are Vegan and Vegetarian and you will be able to learn how to make the dishes we eat should you wish to.

 

Aiming eventually to be as self sufficient as is possible, The Field is a quiet haven of tranquillity and learning. A place to boost your batteries or simply unwind.

Who are we?

 

ERIC BUTLER

 

Eric was trained as a Pilates instructor in New York by Fran Lehen, herself a student of Carola Strauss (one of Joseph Pilates' original students). He has been an instructor for almost 20 years, first at Fran's studio in New York, followed by his own studio in Copenhagen, then together with Helen at Cardiff Pilates Studio, and now at The Field. As an ex-modern dancer, dance teacher, masseur and yoga teacher he has great understanding of different body types and individual needs. He has been particularly successful helping clients with spinal problems.

HELEN SAUNDERS

 

Helen qualified as a BCPA Pilates Instructor in 2008, after a long career in the theatre as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.

 

Helen and Eric opened Cardiff Pilates Studio in 2009, but after six years were lured away to the beautiful French counrtyside to build The Field Retreat. A place of quiet, self-learning and expansion.

 

Helen's Work History:

 

National Dance Company Wales - Dance Teacher -January 2010 to June 2014.

 

Cardiff Pilates Studio - Co-Owner - April 2009 to February 2015.

 

Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School - Dance Teacher January 2006 to June 2008. Teaching Ballet, Modern and choreographic modules.

 

The Royal Danish Ballet - Assistant Rehearsal Director - September 2005 to May 2006.

 

Wilda/Tim Feldmann - Dancer and Choreographer's Assistant - September 2001 to June 2005.

 

Director of Flying Pig Productions - February 2001 to May 2007.

 

Twyla Tharp - Dancer - April 1999 to October 1999

 

Danish Dance Theatre - Dancer - August 1995 to August 2001

 

The Royal Danish Ballet – Dancer - August 1988 to July 1995.

 

The Royal Ballet - Dancer - August 1986 to July 1988.

 

Education:

 

The Royal Ballet School

Graduated in 1988 into the Royal Ballet.

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